Church is, above all, holy ground, but in our enlightened post-Christian culture, virtually nothing is considered holy. To the world’s ears, holy is nothing more than a meaningless word to be placed for dramatic effect in front of a variety of vulgarities and suggestive phrases.
Christians should not be deceived. Holiness is and always will be important to God. Even the simplest reference materials list more than 654 biblical instances of the use of the words holy and holiness. The latter part of Hebrews 12:14 states, “…without holiness no one will see the Lord.”
Learned people have made the argument, not entirely invalid, that one needn’t go to church to be an observant Christian. That may be so, but the difficulty of practicing a true faith without being a part of a body of believers is surely more than most people can overcome in this increasing materialistic and pagan world.
A church is an aptly-named sanctuary from the pressures of the world, and a refuge for the spiritually down-trodden. The mere hour that it takes to attend a modern worship service can do more to restore a person’s zest for life than many hours of psycho-therapy. In addition, the Sunday Schools and Discipleship classes that surround a worship service gird us for the never-ending fight against the evil one.